We made the impossible decision after speaking with the vet to put Boo down today. He was miserable, so we didn't wait for the evening tests to tell us what we already knew, that he wouldn't come away from this. John went to be there with him and held him (he was John's favorite cat). It's been an awful day/week, but we're fine.
I can't begin to express to all of you, both new and regular blog friends of mine, for your uplifting prayer and encouragement. We drove to the vet's office yesterday to say goodbye to Boo and hold him. Cody couldn't do it, it was just too hard. When we got there, John was stuck in traffic, so we held him for quite some time and I got the chance to revisit with the doctor. She was incredibly compassionate and never once made me feel like "Come on lady, this is just a cat, how many times do I have to explain this to you?!" Instead, she carefully reviewed everything until I had all the answers I needed. After speaking with her, I called John to confirm with him and told the vet to keep him on his pain killers and antibiotics and let's see what one more day of IV fluids does for his kidneys. His levels decreased quite a lot yesterday, but he was still not up and about.
I think she felt it was the right choice, but she didn't want me to feel badly if we didn't make it. I appreciate that. This afternoon we'll call the vet again and see. If his levels show more improvement AND he isn't in too much pain, we'll keep him going through the weekend and hopefully bring him home. It's what we're praying for. And I'm asking you to pray one more day for Boo, that he can recover.
We don't know what God's will in this is, and we won't keep him in pain one more day, but this is so hard. His presence is missed so much. I miss picking up rubber band for my work batches all over the floor (he tosses them around) and I miss him loudly moaning for the girl kitty in the neighborhood with no tail who sits by the basement patio door and stares at him staring at her from behind the glass. I miss him chasing GiGi (our girly girl kitty) around the house all night long, terrorizing her with his attention. Yes, he's fixed, can you IMAGINE how he'd be were he not?! So pray for our plain old black cat Boo with the flat head and the crooked little point in his tail. We'd like to keep him around a lot longer.
I'll be back tomorrow with a giveaway. And now, off to teach. And I'm determined to get to all the great bloggers (you) who have been so supportive. AND for spreading the word about the extreme toxicity of the lily plant to cats.